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Celebrating International Customs Day 2017
Thursday, 26 January 2017 08:59

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This year International Customs Day is celebrated on January 26th 2017 under the theme “Data Analysis for Effective Border Management’.  The theme is very appropriate given the current climate as it relates to border security.

In most jurisdictions around the globe, Customs is recognized as the key law enforcement agency involved in border protection and although this job may have been onerous in the past, technological advancement offers solutions to enable Customs to execute its duties more effectively and efficiently.

Over a decade ago CCLEC introduced a database in the region to aid with border management.  The Regional Clearance System (RCS) is a maritime system which facilitates pleasure crafts whilst collecting valuable data and statistics for Customs and other border agencies. Effective use of RCS data could mitigate some of the border management problems in the region. As our UK representative, Mr Jeremy Lee, puts it The RCS is, potentially, a powerful and effective tool. From the UK perspective there is no other system like it in the world”.

 Congratulations to all Customs officers, many who will be awarded for their exemplary

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Cannabis DNA database being developed
Monday, 09 January 2017 09:11

imageA genetic science project which aims to sequence the DNA of every strain of marijuana in the world could also benefit police forces across the globe, making it easier to identify both national and international smuggling networks.

The database could enable law enforcement agencies to track the source of shipments and provide a direct link between importers and lower-level sellers.

Pylos Bioscience, based in Portland, Oregon, was founded in 2015 by microbiologist Mowgli Holmes to bring more consistency to the recreational marijuana and medical marijuana business. The drug is currently legal in eight states for recreational use and available for medical use in a further 21 states.

Phylos has 17 full-time employees and has put together a collection of cannabis strains that includes rare, ancient, specimens from museums and herbariums in Thailand, Colombia, and a dozen other countries including the UK. Marijuana breeders and private collectors from around the world have also contributed samples from their personal stashes. 

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New border control unit to improve safety, efficiency - Saint Lucia
Thursday, 24 November 2016 11:44

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The Customs and Immigration departments along with the Marine Unit will soon form a new entity, the Border Control Unit.

The Border Control Unit will significantly augment the operations of Saint Lucia’s airports and seaports, Minister for Home Affairs, Justice and National Security, Sen. Hon. Hermangild Francis said.

All officers assigned to the unit will receive training.

“Two senior officers—one, a former comptroller of Customs and the other, a senior immigration officer—are tasked with making the recommendations,” Sen. Francis said. “As a tourist destination, we must make the transitions from the airplane or ship to the waiting bus a much quicker process.”

The Border Control Unit is expected to be launched in 2017.

 

Source: Saint Lucia Times

 
Guadeloupe: Nearly 50 kilos of cocaine found in a fish container
Thursday, 24 November 2016 00:00

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DRUG The estimated value for resale of this merchandise, on the European continent, is around 1.7 million euros ...

Guadeloupe customs officers have made a stunning discovery. Saturday night, they seized nearly 50 kilos of cocaine in a container of fish, in the port area of ​​Jarry in Baie-Mahault.

"It was almost a routine check that led to that seizure" said Jean-Damien Moustier, Head of the Caribbean branch of Ocrtis, the Central Office for the Suppression of Illicit Traffic in Narcotics: the drug was concealed in a refrigerated container that had been damaged. As a result of this refrigeration problem, the container, proceeding from Surinam, loaded with frozen fish destined to Belgium, was "diverted" and checked by the Raizet Customs Surveillance Brigade.

"42 packages of cocaine" valued at nearly 1.7 million euros

During this inspection, "42 packages of cocain" were discovered, "approximately 48.5 kilos of product", for an estimated value for resale, on the European continent, of nearly 1.7 million euros . "It's significant," said Jean-Damien Moustier, "even if this happens more often in Martinique than Guadeloupe." The investigation was given to the Ocrtis detachment of Guadeloupe. Many cocain seizures are achieved in the Caribbean, due to the closeness with the three main producers countries, Peru, Colombia and Bolivia. At the beginning of October, some 55 kg of cocaine and 65 kg of marijuana, a total of 120 kg of drugs, had been seized in the Caribbean Sea by the Germinal surveillance frigate of the French Navy in the FWI.

Source: 20 Minutes

 
The Mexican Army seizes more than 220 kilograms of cocaine in the port of Manzanillo, Colima
Thursday, 24 November 2016 00:00

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The drug was hidden inside heavy rollers to grind stone.

Mexico City, November 8, 2016.-

The Army-Navy Secretariat of Mexico reports that personnel assigned to the Sixth Naval Region secured yesterday at the port of Manzanillo, Colima, over 220 kilograms of a substance showing characteristics of cocain. This substance was concealed inside the rollers of a crushing machine, which was loaded aboard the ship "Laura Maersk", Denmark flag. The final destination was the port of Manzanillo.

This action was achieved as a result of naval intelligence work. Combined efforts between staff of the Secretariat of the Navy and the Maritime Customs of Manzanillo led to the inspection of the container with canine teams, which confirmed the said illicit cargo was transported inside the rollers of the stone crushing machine, where 130 brick-shaped packages and three bags containing bulk drug were located.

The insured cargo from Arica, Chile, yielded a gross weight of 228.4 kilograms of cocain and was handed over to the authorities of the federation, to include in their investigation portfolio.

It is noteworthy that with these actions,  the Government of the Republic, through the departments belonging to the Security Cabinet, contribute to maintain peace in the community and endorse the commitment to fight against organized crime, using all available resources provided by the Law, always in strict respect to Human Rights.

Source : Gob.Mx

 
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